Group - Open Circle Book Club

The Open Circle Book Club meets the first Sunday of each month at 7PM in the church office. New members are welcome.  Contact Susan Beversluis at for questions, future book selections, and/or to be put on the mailing list.  All are welcome.

The book selections for 2018:

January - The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides    
February - Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee    
March - Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin, by Marion Meade
April - Hidden Figures, by Margot Shetterley
May - Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
June - Short Stories, by William Faulkner
July - Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
August - The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
September - How Jesus Became God, by Bart Ehrman
October - The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins
November - Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
December - Save a Fish from Drowning, by Amy Tan


Book selections from 2017:

       March -------- The Book That Changed America: How Darwin's Theory of Evolution

                                  Ignited a Nation by Randall Fuller 

       April --------- The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

       May ---------- McIlhenny’s Gold by Jeffrey Rothfeder

       June ---------- Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

       July ----------- Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee

       August ------- Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum

       September--- Rat F**ked by David Dailey

       October------ Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

       November --- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

       December --- Typhoid Mary by Anthony Bourdain


Some of the books the club has read and discussed:

Chronicles, Volume One ---------------- Bob Dylan   

The Pelican Brief -------------------------- John Grisham

 Drinking in America: Our

     Secret History ------------------------- Susan Cheever

The Aviator’s Wife ----------------------- Melanie Benjamin

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ---------- L. Frank Baum

The Earl of Louisiana   ------------------- A. J. Liebling

A History of God -------------------------- Karen Armstrong

The Rising Tide ---------------------------- John M. Barry

The Plague --------------------------------- Albert Camus

The Stranger ------------------------------- Albert Camus

The Heart of Darkness ------------------ Joseph Conrad

The God Delusion ------------------------ Richard Dawkins

Notes From the Undergraound ------- Foydor Dostoevsky

Madame Bovary -------------------------- Gustave Flaubert

Independence Day ----------------------- Richard Ford

The Lay of the Land ---------------------- Richard Ford

Passage to India --------------------------- E. M. Forster

Grendel ------------------------------------- John Gardiner

The Clearing ------------------------------- Tim Gautreaux

Jude the Obscure ------------------------- Thomas Hardy

The Old Man and the Sea --------------- Ernest Hemmingway

The Kite Runner --------------------------- Khaled Husseini

Ulysses --------------------------------------- James Joyce

On the Road -------------------------------- Jack Kerouac

If you meet the Bhudda on the

     Road, Kill Him -------------------------- Sheldon Kopp

The Unbearable Lightness of Being --- Milan Kundera

Women in Love --------------------------- D. H. Lawrence

Giraffe --------------------------------------- J. M. Ledgard

The Magic Mountain -------------------- Thomas Mann

The Late George Apley ------------------ John Marquand

The Road ----------------------------------- Cormac McCarthy

Moby Dick ---------------------------------- Herman Melville

Three Short Sroies ------------------------ Flannery O'Conner

Fast Food Nation -------------------------- Eric Schlosser

East of Eden -------------------------------- John Steinbeck

Confederacy of Dunces ------------------ John Kennedy Toole

Rabbit, Run --------------------------------- John Updike

All the King's Men ------------------------ Robert Pann Warren

The Island of Doctor Moreau ---------- H. G. Wells